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The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Institute of Politics & CNN

David Axelrod, the founder and director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, and CNN bring you The Axe Files, a series of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world. Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most interesting players in politics. read less

Our Editor's Take

The Axe Files with David Axelrod is a political podcast with a personal angle. David Axelrod is more than qualified when it comes to discussing politics. He is a political consultant who served as a senior advisor to President Barack Obama in the White House. Axelrod invites the most influential political figures to share their stories.

Axelrod worked as the chief strategist on Obama's presidential campaigns. In September 2015, he joined CNN as a senior political commentator. The first episode of The Axe Files with David Axelrod also aired in 2015. Since then, industry insiders, critics, and listeners have praised this show. It received two nominations for Webby Awards in 2017 for Best Host and Best Interview/Talk Show.

Key figures from across American politics appear on the podcast. The occasional international political figure features too. Axelrod sparks in-depth discussions about his guests' work and their influence. They discuss and provide insight on the current political landscape. The series is as entertaining as it is educational. Axelrod is a charming host who creates a warm, inviting environment for guests. The podcast even celebrated its 500th episode with a special celebrity guest. David Axelrod invited the singer and songwriter John Legend to the show. Together, they discussed some important and much-debated issues. This included abortion, miscarriages, and the Dobbs decision by the Supreme Court. Axelrod tries to speak to people, like Legend, from different backgrounds. This gives the podcast a well-balanced political tone.

There are already over 500 episodes of The Axe Files for listeners to discover on Amazon Music. Most episodes last from 30 minutes to one hour. Politics enthusiasts and fans of interview-style podcasts will enjoy David Axelrod's fascinating podcast.

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